After two days of voting, and according to the numbers of the Central Electoral Office, only about 20.41% of the 19 million citizens invited to the polls, far below the 30% needed to validate a consultation that was supported by the Social Democratic Party (PSD, in power) and by the Orthodox Church.
The consultation sought to impose a constitutional amendment so that marriage would not be defined, as it has until now, as the union between two people, but between a man and a woman, with the aim of vetoing a future legalization of homosexual marriages.
The referendum, approved by the lower house of parliament on September 12, resulted from a "citizens' initiative" of several associations close to the Orthodox Church, which claim to have collected three million signatures. The population of the country is about 19 million.
Opponents of the law felt that this new constitutional language is a petty attempt to make Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite, Transsexual or Transgender (LGBT) people feel even more second-class citizens.
For the association Accept, which defends the rights of sexual minorities, with its vote "the Romanian parliament makes homophobia a state value and sacrifices the constitutional protection of numerous families."